By: Corbin Williams, NPTI
Have you ever tried to lose a few pounds or build a little muscle and then lost focus or motivation only to have the pounds you lost come back plus more? Working with a personal trainer can help motivate and guide you. But there are a few things you NEED to do as well. The following are keys to success that I encourage my clients to live by. If you follow these, you too can benefit and find success in reaching your goal.
#1 Discipline: Without discipline you have nothing. This is the hardest thing to develop. It is the life style change that is crucial to your overall success. Our daily choices make who we are. When you are craving that snack you know you should not eat, wait 5 minutes and make a healthier choice. Instead of going home and propping your feet up at the computer or on the couch for hours, go to the park for a jog or walk or go for a bike ride, but just get out and get active. Remember it is all about mind control. YOU are in control of your actions; now help your body by choosing the right ones to direct you towards your goal and not away from it. Discipline, discipline, discipline, I can’t stress this enough.
#2 Consistency: Set up your workout schedule like you would a work meeting. Be on time and show up every time. This will increase your chances of reaching your goal.
#3 Motivation: You need to focus on what your goal is. Why do you want to succeed? Use that to drive you. It’s not what you do but how you do it. Go into your session ready to give your best effort and then a little more. Get into your mind and “see” yourself completing the task at hand.
#4 “Off Days”: Working out with a trainer may leave you with days you are on your own. When people work with me they generally are with me at least 2 days a week or more. This leaves you 4 days for you to stay motivated and active on your own. Remember the first Key to success? DISCIPLINE!! That’s where this comes into play. Get up, Get out, Get active. Don’t quit until you have given your best effort for each day. It’ll only get you that much closer to your goal and THAT is where you want to be headed.
#5 Nutrition: Nutrition accounts for about 50% of your training program. You can’t out train a bad diet. “You are what you eat” is a saying that is so true. If you eat a lot of bad food you will feel and look bad. Your body is a machine and needs the proper fuel to operate. Give it the right quality and quantity and you will begin to feel amazing. Water is part of healthy living as well. You should get ½ your body weight in ounces a day. Water is needed for life. Everything in moderation is ok, but be careful what you choose. There are always better choices.
#6 Sleep: Here is something to think about. Why is sleep so important? Without it, your body won’t rebuild and heal your muscles and bone strength. During your workout, the goal is to break down your muscles. That is what the “burn” feeling is. After the workout, have a small bite to eat, something such as an apple, orange or slice of watermelon. Then get plenty of sleep (7+ solid hours). Remember, discipline and consistency. No excuses!! Go to bed earlier.
As you can see, these steps are vital for what we call a life style change, not just a workout. Without changing your life style of bad eating habits and low activity levels, do you think you can really reach your goal? Give it your best effort. If you really want to look better, move better, be stronger and feel amazing then make these 6 steps a part of your life and make a difference today that will last a life time.
Corbin Williams, NPTI
Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Certified nutrition coach
Graduated from the National Personal Training Institute
Owner and operator of GetReal Training, LLC